Boys and Girls Club of DL Receives $36K From Super Bowl Committee
Carol McCarthy | Sep 20, 2017 AT 10:06 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN – Local kids will have greater access to the outdoors and some seriously fun play equipment thanks to the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund who awarded thousands of dollars to the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes to purchase a new passenger van and trailer for its “Recreation on the Go” project.
The “Recreation on the Go” project is an effort to bring physical activities to the Detroit Lakes community by way of a mobile recreation unit. The Club has used part of the $36,795 grant to replace a 23-year-old passenger van with a new van and also acquired a trailer to transport recreation equipment and games for pop-up activities at local parks. The remainder of the grant was used to purchase equipment and games supporting a variety of interests for kids from different backgrounds, ability levels, and ages.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
The Club hosted a celebration today at the Detroit Lakes City Park to commemorate the grant dedication. After the event, the new van and trailer were unveiled and local kids tried out equipment and took part in many of the activities that will make up the “Recreation on the Go” mobile unit.
“Nearly 20 percent of kids in Becker County live in poverty,” said Ron Mueller, Board President of Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes. “We know these conditions limit access to healthy living, which can have a long-term lifestyle impact. By bringing opportunities for engagement and recreation to the kids in our community with our ‘Recreation on the Go’ mobile unit, we can help children learn long-term healthy habits through activity and fun.”
In addition to increasing access to physical activity in the community, the Boys & Girls Club will use the van to transport kids to local area resources like lakes and parks.
“We are lucky to live in a community and state with an abundance of lakes and parks. But getting there can be a real challenge for kids in rural areas like ours,” said Patrick Petermann, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes. “This new van will allow us to transport Club members to places like Detroit Mountain or Tamarac Wildlife Refuge so they can explore their community and be active outside. This grant will also allow us to potentially double the number of kids we serve in the community because we’ll be able to bring mobile recreation activities to children outside of our Club walls.”
Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes partners with many organizations, agencies, and schools throughout the school year and summer. The Club is excited about how the “Recreation on the Go” project will strengthen existing partnerships and pave the way for new ones.
“This mobile recreation unit is a great opportunity for our Club to partner with other organizations and to help kids participate in events in the community,” said Tami Skinner, Program Director of Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes. “We can engage more families and children by adding new activities that will go a long way in encouraging young people to establish healthy habits and lifestyles.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes is responsible for maintaining the “Recreation on the Go” vehicle, although Bell Bank recently volunteered to underwrite the cost of van and trailer maintenance and recreation and game replacement costs for up to five years following the grant award. The Club will also ensure that pop-up recreational activities from “Recreation on the Go” are staffed by trained program leaders.
“A mobile recreation unit is a great way to keep kids active and improve the health and wellness of this community,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “We are pleased to support the work the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes is doing to help underserved young people gain access to fun and healthy habits through engaging physical activities.”
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII. For more information visit www.mnsuperbowl.com and follow @mnsuperbowl2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.